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Sandia California mentors high school girls in math, science

The Sandia Women’s Connection recognized the academic achievements of 35 girls from area high schools at its annual Math and Science Awards program in a ceremony held at the California site. Before the program began, the young women were paired with Sandia mentors to discuss academic plans and careers in STEM.

Pilot program prepares future leaders

Thirty Sandia employees, working in departments ranging from engineering to security, recently finished a deep dive into leadership skills through the Future Leaders Pathway program. The seven-month pilot program provided an opportunity to build partnerships, identify personal strengths, and reflect about career goals and personal motivations.

Workshop strengthens Caribbean resilience

Sandia and DOE hosted the Advancing Caribbean Energy Resilience workshop at the Universidad Ana G. Mendez’s Gurabo campus in Puerto Rico, where researchers, engineers, policy makers and utility representatives met to discuss how to enhance and improve energy resilience throughout the Caribbean.

New robots, new tricks

Bomb squad teams from coast to coast challenged their emergency preparedness skills during Sandia’s five-day Robot Rodeo and Capability Exercise last month. Twelve scenarios involving vehicles, simulated terrorist events and timed obstacles were set up from May 13-17 around Sandia and Kirtland Air Force Base for the military and civilian teams.

Earth Day 2019: ‘The most endangered species on Earth is us’

Steve Curwood, executive producer and host of public radio’s “Living on Earth,” spoke about “Investing in the New Energy Economy” to an audience of more than 200 during Sandia’s keynote Earth Day talk. His presentation examined the complexities of a transition from an energy portfolio dominated by fossil fuels, potential technological developments and future changes to the energy grid.

Strategic priority No. 2 prepares for future nuclear deterrent

Today, more than ever, there is urgency for Sandia’s Nuclear Deterrence portfolio to implement strategic initiatives that explore, research and refine “big ideas” and innovative approaches for nuclear deterrence on the 15- to 20-year time horizon, and in many cases much sooner. Such initiatives are the focus of our Labs-level strategic priority No. 2 — Maintain an Agile and Effective Nuclear Deterrent.

New look at old data leads to cleaner engines

New insights about how to understand and ultimately control the chemistry of ignition behavior and pollutant formation have been discovered in research led by Sandia. The discovery eventually will lead to cleaner, more efficient internal combustion engines.

Sandia launches a bus into space

The bus, which is a device that links electronic devices, was among 16 total experiments aboard two sounding rockets that were launched as part of the NNSA’s HOT SHOT program, which conducts scientific experiments and tests developing technologies on nonweaponized rockets. The flights took place April 23-24 at the Labs’ Kauai Test Facility in Hawaii.